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It’s time to do the work

This project won’t happen by sitting back and talking about it.  

That came to an end this week. Because, I felt God – not gently nudging, but pushing me to get this done.  

quilting project

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So? I took a leap of faith. 

And bought all the fabric I needed online.   That takes a little bit of faith!

The Snags of Buying Online

  1.  There are so many choices you could spend entire days and weeks browsing. (Didn’t do that! )
  2. A LOT of places only do 1-yard cuts. Connecting threads lets you buy 1/2 yd cuts and up.
  3. And then there are the questions that linger in your mind. Will the red be brighter or darker? The print? Larger? Smaller? Etc … (Only time will tell!)

We’ll see if my instincts are on target or a little off in a couple of weeks. 

Yup, I’ve been dragging my feet on this project for much too long. The hard work of gathering supplies is done. And that’s one less thing on my to-do list! Done! YAY!

Now we wait with anticipation for the fabrics to arrive. 

It’s a time for some patience, 2 weeks can feel like an eternity.

Until then, I’ll be creating the online materials for the Seeds of Love Quilters Devotional Journey.  

Until next time, enjoy your day and the journey

Adele

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Does God Really Hear Our Prayers?

My answer? Yes!

How can I be so sure? There was one simple word on a sign.

Giraffe.

Proof that God does hear our prayers.

Do you want to hear this story?

I am warning you, it’s a little – bizarre. But… that’s why I’m telling it.

So here it is…

One morning I had a prayerful conversation with God. I asked to see a living, breathing, free giraffe. (Not in a zoo.)

Well, of course, I could hop on a plane and go to Africa to catch a glimpse of one. That is if I liked to travel and had the money.

quilting project

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And I wanted to see a giraffe – in my “backyard”.

I reasoned God can do anything, so why not ask for a Giraffe sighting in New England?

I didn’t really expect to see a Giraffe in my backyard or on my way to work.

I was okay with that. In fact, if I saw a real-life giraffe outside my window or when I was driving down the road? I’d kinda freak out.

I went about my day, forgetting about the outrageous request. Until I saw the sign.

Giraffe

It was so random – kind of bizarre

It was as if God was saying to me – “I won’t let a giraffe roam free in the wilds of New England”. But I want you to know I hear you.

It removed any doubt that God heard all my prayers, from the silly to the serious. He hears yours and mine.

And God will answer your prayers – in His way and in His perfect timing.

After all – I did see a “Giraffe” on my way to work 🙂

Until next time, enjoy your day and the journey

Adele

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The Fabulous Quilter’s Bundle

But here I am, collecting fabrics to re-create the Seeds of Love sampler quilt.

Seeds of Love Sampler quilt

So, I went to my default fabric-collecting solution.

The fabulous Quilter’s Bundle!  

That, my friends, became a full-day journey of frustration!

I’d find a bundle that would catch my eye – But the price? Yikes. Another would look perfect, but with a second look? Not so much…

Let me tell you about quilt bundles. 

 If you’re a quilter, you know they are beautifully curated lines of fabric. In fat eighths, quarters, and sometimes 1/2 yards and even yard bundles. (And let’s not forget all those cute charm packs etc…)

Beautiful as they are, they have their pros and cons.

Here are some good reasons to pick up a bundle or two:

  • They are great stash builders 
  • It’s a quick way to gather fabrics.  
  • You’re assured they’ll “get along”.
  • They’re a great way to sample fabrics

 But of course, there is a downside!

  • They can make your quilt look – how can I delicately put this? Well, the best description is blah. Too much of the same. No pop.  
  • Or? Way too busy.  
  • And the prices? As I mentioned expensive – especially if all the fabrics don’t want to come to the party!
  • Large prints (in my opinion) aren’t useful in small cuts

Bottom line?

The bundle is terrific as a tool. But not a complete solution for a quilt.  

In the past, I’ve bought a bundle or two to get the ball rolling on a quilt. But for the Seeds of Love quilt? I’ll take the extra time to curate my own collection of fabric. 

What about you? What do you love or not love about quilt bundles? Let me know in the comments below. (Comments are open for 14 days)

Until next time, enjoy your day and the journey

Adele

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It was Intant Overwhelm

The pattern arrives – and you glance at the material list. And – it’s instant overwhelm.
Ever been there???

  • The original was made when I was an Island Batik Ambassador
  • The second is made with scrap fabrics.
  • And a miniature version, also with scrap fabrics.


But I felt God saying – again. Make it again.

(So I am making it again…) When God speaks I listen.

Well, what’s the first thing you do when you begin a new project?

You look at the material list and start shopping.

I stopped dead in my tracks.

Whoa…that’s a long list! It was instant overwhelm, you know? The kind where you shove the pattern back in the envelope and put it away!

I’ve learned, I can bring even something as “silly” as my fabric overwhelm to the Lord and He will listen.

The original quilt was created with the Equinox Collection of fabrics from Island Batik. It is a vibrant mix of fall colors. I used twenty fabrics when I designed the original quilt.

Twenty!!! What was I thinking?

Well, they were available to me – so I happily created and incorporated all of them into the quilt!

I have to assume you’re like me. Something about that quilt caught your eye. And you said to yourself, I’ve gotta make that!

quilting project

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So what do you do when:

A) the line is no longer available or B) you want to create it in a Christmas theme?

If you love the colors and the way they play together, then the best approach, in my humble opinion, is to follow the material list. Take your time purchasing the fabrics, and keep them organized and labeled. (When the project goes live, I’ll be including a fabric organization chart to help you do that.)

But what if you want a theme?

I decided it would make a gorgeous Christmas quilt.

My first go-to thought was a quilt bundle! (I’ll share that experience in next week’s post.)

I spent countless hours drooling over those bundles. But, I decided on a different approach.

This approach will not include bundles. A curated fabric line. Or my fabric stash.

I’m letting God direct my steps (and fabric choices) because I know – He delights in every detail of my life. Quilts are one of those details, in my life. So why not trust God?

The first purchase was the border fabric. Shown below.

As the weeks go by you’ll get a sneak peek of future fabric picks.

Until next time, enjoy your day and the journey

Adele

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Embrace Your Dream and Run with it

My mentor asked me this question.


What is a goal or dream you have, if it were to happen, that would make this the best year ever?

The first thing I said? Publishing a book. Writing, I love to write.

I went about my morning routine, not dwelling on my best year-ever dream.

That is until I settled into my morning God time.

During that time, God revealed this to me.

  • When you answered that question at 5 AM, your answer was immediate.
  • You didn’t answer, have a successful Etsy shop or play piano at Carnegie hall.

By the way, both are goals and dreams of mine. (Might as well dream big right?)

But they weren’t on the tip of my tongue. Which gave me a newfound confidence in my writing path.

Of course, my brain started doubting and questioning this confidence – immediately. Am I only trying to prove I can do this thing? Maybe it’s not a God thing after all.

Well, I told my brain to shut up 🙂

It’s Time

I’ve had a writing project in the works all year. It’s had spits and spurts of encouragement followed by days of discouragement.

It’s time to get going. God lit a fire under me to get working on this project.

So, I hope you’ll keep your eyes here for the new quilter’s devotional – Seeds of Love.

And I hope that if God is putting a project on your heart, you will embrace it and run with it.

Until next time, enjoy your day and the journey

Adele

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